I harvested some cinnamon basil this morning for us to use in a nice twist on Caprese Salad with some grilled, grass fed chopped steak tonight. I know, you’re jealous. I can’t blame you for that. Anyway, I got to thinking about how much we love growing and cooking with herbs. My particular favorites are (in no particular order), Sweet and Cinnamon Basil, Garden and Lemon Thyme, Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary, Tarragon, Sage, Chives, Lemon Balm, Mint, and above all, Cilantro.
I plan on adding a few more next year, particularly cumin, caraway and anise. I will give dill another try, too. For some reason, I’ve just not been lucky growing it. I just think it would be fun to grow our own dill. You know, pickles, and all that. We sure grow enough cucumbers.
Brittan and I both love cooking with herbs, and they are nice to add with wood chips for smoking meats and fish. Wow, it’s making me hungry just thinking about it.
In the summer and fall, we like to use fresh. I just love the aroma and flavor of fresh herbs in food. But we will also dry plenty for winter dining.
Besides cooking, herbs are awesome in many homeopathic medicines and teas. They make excellent additions to potpourri bowls and sachets, and they are great for helping keep Fido’s bed flea free and smelling, um, well, lets say…less doggy.
Out in the garden, herbs provide beautiful, aromatic color to any space they occupy and many of them are fantastic insect repellents to help keep bad bugs away from other vegetables or away from the house.
Yes, I love herbs and I’m betting you do to. So, let’s talk about it. Do you grow herbs? Do you cook with them? What are your favorites? Where do you get them? How do you use them? Are there some you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t? Drop in a comment and let me know all about you and herbs? I promise to keep it just between us….or not!